Friday, May 8, 2009


At the very outset I would like to submit that I would not like to be labeled as a pessimist or having a negative approach on the subject of sudden emergence of three different committees on similar / interconnected subject of defence pensioners.
The announcement of these committees in the thick of election process would be looked down with suspicion by not only the affected parties ,both the opposition as well as the defence community, as motivated to gain electrol advantage but as reported ,even the election commission has sought comments from the Cabinet secretary.
It is rather unethical to keep such matters pending all the while when the present Govt had all means at its disposal to make a decision since it had all along known the issues involved .I just wonder what would further delibrations bring out!This is apparently danglig a carrot to the defence community as a bait for gaining their vote when the political startegist of the political party came out with the suggestion of floating out these committees.
What is the dateline for the findings to be finalised is NOT KNOWN to an ordinary affected individual.One is rather constrained to view the whole exercise with sceptism/suspician. It has perhapes been successful in generating HOPE against HOPE since "a drowning man catches at a straw".
Wg Cdr(Retd)

May 8, 2009 9:25 PM


bsk said...

on one hand while new committees are being formed to resolve anomalies & on the other hand NEW ANOMALIES are being created by the willy anti Armed Forces baboos.Read details of the latest one------ DISABILITY PENSION: REVISED RATES FOR PRE 2006 RETIREE

1. Vide 6 CPC recommendations, approved by the GOI Resolution No 305 dated 29 August 2008 in so far as it relates to Disability Pension (DP) for Armed Forces personals the following needs to be noted.

a) Prior to 6 CPC the Armed Forces personal were getting a fixed rate DP @ Rs. 1300 to Rs. 2600 per month, depending on the rank held. Refer para 5.1.66 of 6 CPC Report.
b) The DP for civilian has been @ 30% of pay all along 6 CPC Report para 5.1.21 (ii) refers.
c) Demand made to 6 CPC for revision of rates of DP for Armed Force personal to percentage basis (30 % of pay) as applicable to civilians is at para 5.1.67 of 6 CPC Report.
d) The 6 CPC, after carrying out due analysis, accepted the demand and recommended that DP for Defense Forces personal be paid @ 30% of pay, similar to as applicable for civilians. 6 CPC report para 5.1.68 refers.

2. Revisions of rates of DP for Defense Forces Personal from fixed to percentage basis @ 30% of pay (as recommended by 6 CPC) was approved by GOI vide Resolution dated 29 August 2008.
3. It took the MOD over 9 months to issue notification for implementing revised rates of DP for Defense Personal.
4. In the notification No 16 (6)/ 2008(2)/D Pension and policy dated 5th May 2009 for Post 01-01-2006 retirees the rates have been changed from fixed to 30 % of pay as approved by GOI resolution.
5. However in the notification No dated 16/ 06/ 2008(1)/D Pension and Policy dated 4th May 2009 for Pre 2006 retirees the DP rates have not been changed to 30% of pay but revised to fixed rates of Rs 3100 to Rs 5980 pm in total contradiction to 6 CPC recommendations approved by the Cabinet.
6. There is absolutely NO rationale or logic for going against what has been approved by the Cabinet and arbitrarily adopting fixed rates of DP for Pre 2006 retirees of Armed Forces only.
7. following points need to be considered:

a) Keeping in view that ALL CIVILIANS were getting DP @ 30 % of pay the 6 CPC had rightly recommended the (as against fixed DP) same to be made applicable to defense personal to remove injustice being done to them vis a vis civilians for the past so many years.

b) In case of Civilians there is no distinction between pre 2006 or post 2006 retirees. All were & are getting DP on percentage basis @ 30 % of pay. In good faith this should be applied to ALL Defense pensioners as well, as was recommended by 6 CPC.
c) The 6 CPC Recommendations and its Cabinet approval do not mention anywhere that the revised rates of DP on percentage basis will not be applicable to Pre 2006 retirees of the Armed Forces.
d) This notification divides the single homogeneous class of Armed Forces pensioners into two groups, subjecting them to different treatment, by arbitrarily fixing different rates of DP for each class.
e) The overall yearly expenditure for giving DP on percentage basis to pre 2006 retirees is miniscule considering the total number of such pensioners.

8. Keeping in view the spirit behind the 6 CPC recommendation which was to mitigate the injustice meted out to Armed Forces personal in the past by giving them DP at fixed rates vis a vis civilians who were getting much higher DP on percentage basis (30 % of pay) the CPC had recommended the same rate as applicable for civilians. This was to bring about equality amongst all classes of physically challenged government servants.
9. Therefore there is absolutely no justification in targeting pre 2006 physically challenged retirees of Armed forces only by not giving them DP on percentage basis as are being given to all others, across the board.

bsk said...

Further to previous post-------Saturday, May 9, 2009
Ironic ‘rationalisation’
Ironically, the orders of revision of disability pension and other casualty pensionary awards issued on 04 May 2009 have been ostensibly promulgated to ‘rationalise’ the said pension structure of pre-2006 retirees. But the same, to put it mildly, are baffling. Firstly, it is not understood as to why pre-06 pensioners have not been put on the percentage system recommended by the 6th CPC as has been accepted for post-06 pensioners. While recommending the new system of calculation (as was in force earlier for civilians), the 6th CPC had nowhere stated that it shall only be applicable to post-06 pensioners. The emerging disconnect cannot be ignored. For instance, a General who retires on 31 Dec 2005 with 100% disability is now entitled to a fixed amount of Rs 5880 as disability element while an officer of the same rank with the same disability for the same injury or disease who retires a day later on 01 Jan 2006 is entitled to a disability element of Rs 27000. While the disability remains the same, is the suffering of a pre-06 retiree lesser than that of a post-06 one ?. And in addition to disability element, officers are entitled to service element (service pension) in the area of which, as it is, there is great gap between pre and post-2006 pensioners thereby ultimately resulting in creation a huge space between the total package of disability pensioners. Perhaps the committee under the Cabinet Secretary looking into bridging the gap between pre and post-06 pensioners would take a note of this ‘rationalisation’.

Some varying examples of disability element rates for pre and post-2006 pensioners :
(Service element / pension is at applicable pre/post-06 rates is admissible in addition to disability element)

Disability element of a pre-01-01-06 freshly commissioned Lieutenant who got disabled : Rs 5880
Disability element of a post-01-01-06 freshly commissioned Lieutenant who gets disabled : Rs 8100

Disability element of a pre-01-01-06 freshly promoted Lt Col who got disabled : Rs 5880
Disability element of a post-01-01-06 freshly promoted Lt Col who gets disabled : Rs 15759

Disability element of a pre-01-01-06 Colonel who was at the end of scale at the time of retirement : Rs 5880
Disability element of a post-01-01-06 Colonel who is at the end of scale at the time of retirement : Rs 24510

Disability element of a pre-01-01-06 General : Rs 5880
Disability element of a post-01-01-06 General : Rs 27000

Some rationalisation eh !!!

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